Book Lovers Book Club: June 2013 Selections

Filed in Book Lovers Book Club , The Winged Lover Posted on May 20, 2013 @ 12:00 pm 14 comments

Hello again! *waves*

So the big moment is here, the first round of the Book Lovers Book Club choices!!

I have decided to start the book club off with something we’re all familiar with: Urban Fantasy – Vampires

Most of us have at least one of the following books on our shelves, so I figure it will be a good way to start us off.

Night Rising by Chris Marie Green  (GoodReads Link)

In this first book of an all-new trilogy, life proves stranger than the movies when a Hollywood underground coven of vampires comes to light-and gets targeted by the tough-as-nails daughter of a sexy screen siren.

Stuntwoman Dawn Madison hasn’t been on the best of terms with her father since her movie star mother died. Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting-caught on film-of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his odd colleagues, she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen.

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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost  (GoodReads Link)

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris  (GoodReads Link)

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

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Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon   (GoodReads Link)

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith  (GoodReads Link)

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

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So there it is, the first round of picks for the Book Lovers Book Club You have a week to vote and I will announce the winner in two weeks

Also, what genre would you like to read next?

Contemporary – Dark (really gritty books that leave you thinking and sometimes crying)

Urban Fantasy – Werewolves (We’ve had vampires, got to get the werewolves in there)

Humour – Something to make you laugh, doesn’t matter the sub-genre

Classics – Speaks for themselves

Check back next week for the choices for the series read along.

Happy Reading! (and voting!)

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Draconismoi May 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Is there supposed to be a little voting bar, somewhere? Or are we just supposed to comment with our preference?

    Also? Shape-shifters totally kick vampire ass.

    • Amanda May 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      yeah. the voting bars should be up tonight. you can
      just leave it in the comments for now and I’II add it later if you like

      • draconismoi May 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        That means we can make polls in our posts! Now i need to do this! About dragons. I need a dragon poll. To help me resolve some dragon-related issues i am having…..

  • miki May 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    i’m curious about a fantasy lovers .. apart that m favouriteis valed sinec it’s only one i’ve read.

    i would like books urban fantasy with werewolves ( or others shapeshifters)

  • Diane May 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    urban fantasy, shifters are hard to catch…

  • Susan May 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Can the Frost book really be read as a standalone? Wouldn’t you need to read most of the Night Huntress books and the spinoffs in order to get Vlad’s backstory?

    • Amanda May 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Apparently not. It’s a seperate series. Vlads back story wasn’t really covered in night huntress

      • Susan May 22, 2013 at 1:48 am

        I’ll be selfish and vote for something I haven’t already read: Green or Kenyon.

  • aurian May 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Lol the only one I have read from your list is Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It might have even been my very first PNR read. I would not mind re-reading it.
    And well, there is more then vampires or shifters, there are witches, fae, and lots of other creatures in UF. How about Karen Chance?

    • Draconismoi May 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I only read the first two in that series. Does Cassie get any smarter?

      • aurian May 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Yes, I think she does. I re-read them all in October last year.

    • Amanda May 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      I have some fae and witches on the list but I thought I’d get vamps and weres out there first. Currently I have fae demons and witches. When I find more sub category reads I’ll make another list 🙂

      • Draconismoi May 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        Dragons. Dragons! DRAGONSSSSSSS!!!!

  • Celine May 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Can’t see a voting thing but that might just be me.

    I’m for reading Kenyon!

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